Miguel Franjul Bucarelly is a Dominican author and editor. He is currently the director of the newspaper Listín Diario and founded the newspaper Hoy. Franjul has published four books.
Born in Baní, Dominican Republic, Franjul is the son of Manuel Emilio Franjul Báez, a member of the prominent Franjul family of Asturian lineage, and Antonia Luisa Bucarelly Méndez, a teacher.
From the age of 17, Miguel Franjul devoted to journalism and in his long career of over 50 years has been director of three daily and one weekly. He is presently the director of the morning paper Listín Diario, the oldest newspaper in the Dominican Republic, founded in 1889.
He started in the profession as editor of Listin Diario in October 1968. He enjoyed an ascending career in the newspaper, working in various news sources to become international editor. He combined these functions with the correspondent of the magazine Vanity Fair and the international news agency Reuters.
He left Listín Diario in 1980 to found the newspaper Hoy, in which he was successively Assistant Editor, Managing Editor and Deputy Director and one of its main columnists.
From there he went on to direct the daily La Información, in Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and was recognized by Congress for the contributions made on behalf of children of that area and his campaign so that the Central Cibao aqueduct were built.
Following the death of the famous Dominican journalist Rafael Herrera, director of Listin Diario since it reappeared in 1963, Franjul was appointed Deputy Director, roles he held for some months until moving to direct the newspaper La Nacion.
From this position he was called back to lead Listín Diario in 2000, a position he holds today. As a director of newspapers, he has been known for its innovative spirit, introducing elements of modernity to each of the media. Franjul founded and directed the weekly “Diario a Diario”, with journalist Ruddy González.
He received an honorary doctorate in Information Science at the Technological University of the South. He is a guest lecturer at several universities and the Military Institute of Higher Education.
He is the author of four books: “Somoza and Duvalier, la caída de dos dinastías” (“Somoza and Duvalier, falling of two dynasties”),”Bosch, noventa días de clandestinidad” ( “Bosch, ninety days of hiding”), “La sociedad encancerada” (“The society with cancer”) and “A la vera de la noticia” (“To the side of the news”) that summarize his experiences of more than 40 years in journalism and in his travels around the world.
In January 2011, he was appointed regional vice president for the Dominican Republic of the Committee on Freedom of Press and Communication of the Inter American Press Association in October 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors of the SIP. Also he became part of the Executive Committee (representing the newspapers of the Dominican Republic) at the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).